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By Greg Goodsell

3/17/2014 (2 years ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Catholic holiday became secular celebration of Ireland

In many schools across the nation, students who forgot to wear green on March 17 received a nasty pinch from friends. St. Patrick's Day evolved from a Catholic holiday to honor the patron saint of Ireland, Saint Patrick, to a secular holiday celebrating Ireland and Irish culture. The holiday is celebrated in Ireland, the United States, Great Britain, Canada - all over the world.

Saint Patrick used the three-leaf clover to spread the message of the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost.

Saint Patrick used the three-leaf clover to spread the message of the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost.

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By Greg Goodsell

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

3/17/2014 (2 years ago)

Published in U.S.


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The real saint Patrick was born in the fifth century to a wealthy Romano-British family. At the age of 16, he was kidnapped and taken to Ireland to work as a slave. Saint Patrick was told by God in a dream to flee from captivity, and to return to Britain. He studied to become a priest, and was called back to Ireland to save the Irish.

He converted peasants to royalty alike, and became known as using the three-leaf clover to spread the message of the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost. He died in 461 AD and was buried at Downpatrick after 30 years of servitude to the Church. Saint Patrick has endured as the principal champion of Irish Christianity and is held in esteem in the Irish Church

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Saint Patrick's Day is always cause for celebration in any neighborhood, city, state or nation where there are large concentrations of people of Irish descent. Festivities include parties, feasts, the wearing of green, Irish music and celebrations of Irish mythology such as leprechauns.

Wherever there are Irish people, Saint Patrick's Day is always a cause for celebration and revelry . Such far-flung places such as Argentina, New Zealand and even South Korea boast of their own unique Saint Patrick's Day celebrations.

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